Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Poetry Reading

Everyone is invited to attend the Spring Anthology Release Party and Community Reading sponsored by Write Around Portland tomorrow night, Wednesday, May 28th 6:30-8:30pm at The First Methodist Church in Collins Hall 1838 SW Jefferson (at the Goose Hollow Max stop).

I will be reading In the Valley of the Shadow of Death, which is included in the anthology ( a collection of writings from the writing workshop participants, which will be available to purchase at Powell's Books). Other participants will be reading their writings as well. Would love to see any of you there who enjoy that sort of thing. It's been such a healing thing for me and a great way to express my fears and feelings regarding my situation. The writings by the participants are very powerful and moving.

I was also asked by my Writing Workshop coordinator to be their featured writer on their homepage! They want to interview me this week and take my photo. :) I'm so honored. I'll let you know when they post it!

Update on our lives:

Spencer hasn't gotten any better (except for his ears!) so he stayed home from his 7th Grade class trip to Mount Saint Helens today. They are going to be gone thru Friday, so if he's feeling better we may coordinate a ride up for him Thursday. He hasn't been sleeping or eating and has no energy or stamina and is suffering bad headaches and vision problems too. He woke up with crusted over eyes and I'm wondering if he may have pink eye too??? When it rains, it pours.

Kaelin had today off of school (teacher writing report day) and she went to a 3rd grade class swim party at The Sunset Athletic Club to celebrate Beatrice's birthday. What a great place and what fun they all had! Now we are off to soccer practice. Tomorrow and Thursday Kaelin has field trips and Friday is the Egg Drop (more on that later!).

Tomorrow I start my aggressive chemo again, with an 8:30am appt. with the doctor and then the Folfox/avastin. I will be infused for several hours (oxcillaplatten and avastin) and then sent home with a portable pump of 5FU for a couple days. Friday I will be unhooked and then usually the next 2 days I will be completely and utterly wiped out, so with the holiday, I will be down Sat. and Sun. and will miss Kaelin's soccer tourney. :( Wah!!!!! I will get next week (the last week of school!) off and then chemo again the following week. Unfortunately, I'll be going every other week for chemo as long as I can stand the horrid side effects of naropathy and the cold trigger.

Thanks for reading this far and for checking in with me/us!!!



Paris said...

I'll be there! Can't wait. So proud of you... I told you that you were special :) So thrilled for you!!

Hope Spencer feels better soon. What a drag. Sounds like Kaelin had a great time at the party and has lots of fun stuff planned.

Stinks about chemo, but it will bring you that much closer to getting better.

Gotta run to Nat's concert.
Love ya,

My name is Shanna said...

okay, sending you all of my positive vibes for chemo day! you can do this, i know it is so tough, but so are you!!!! i wish i could be there to hang out with you and make you laugh. you know there is nothing i love to do more than laugh. ;o)

have a wonderful time at your anthology reading!! i SO wish i could be there to hear what everyone has to share. is the book available all over, or just at your bookstore? maybe you can get me a copy and save it until i come to visit again.

off to relax, but will be holding you in my heart all day tomorrow. i love and miss you, twin.

*typed in lower case, in your honor*

JO said...

Hi Shauna:

Good luck with your chemo treatments. I don't think I will be at our support group meeting tomorrow because I feel like I am coming down with a cold. You probably won't be there either since you will be having chemo. So I won't be at the "readings" tomorrow night either. Have fun.

Denny and I went on Tori's field trip with all the kindergarten classes and I think I picked up a "cold bug" there.

I will be thinking about you tomorrow.

Love ya,


Nightscrapper said...

Thinking about you. It sucks about the chemo thing, but if it's what brings you closer to nipping the cancer in the butt, then I guess it's a good thing.


Laura Nicholas said...

oh I wish I read this earlier - I would of loved to go to the reading. I am so sorry I missed it.

I am sorry Spencer still is not feeling well. Hope he is better soon.

Will be thinking of you today!


ali said...

You are in my thoughts this morning! Sending lots of positive vibes, prayers and good thoughts your way! Big Hugs!

Anonymous said...

Good luck on your reading tonight, and tell Spencer, I hope he feels better. Trea and I just celebrated our 7th anniversary, and we were looking at our pics and Spencer as our ring-bearer...do you remember how bad he had allergies that day? Good times!